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East Texans 'fill the bus' at Nacogdoches Walmart with school supplies, donate money

Student volunteers help fill the bus with donations and money. (Source: KTRE Staff) Student volunteers help fill the bus with donations and money. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Karen Swenson (left) accepts school supplies from a donor. (Source: KTRE Staff) Karen Swenson (left) accepts school supplies from a donor. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Student volunteers help fill the bus with donations and money. (Source: KTRE Staff) Student volunteers help fill the bus with donations and money. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - East Texans showed their generosity Thursday. Hundreds of people helped “fill the bus” with money and school supplies in Nacogdoches. The Greater East Texas Community Action Program sponsors the event, but not without the help of individuals and businesses.

One question was asked for seven hours by student volunteers representing nine Nacogdoches County school districts.

“Would you like to donate to Project S.O.S.?” a student volunteer said.

Sometimes the answer was no. So they waited for the answer they wanted to hear.

“Thank you,” the students said.

“Fill the Bus Day” outside the Nacogdoches Walmart was important for Project Supply Our Schools. School supplies and money were donated.

“Every penny helps,” said Emma Bennett, a Chireno Junior High School student.

Both the school supplies and money are needed to help hundreds of families too strapped for money to pay for required school supplies.

“It costs approximately $60 to $70 dollars per child depending on the grade that student is, but that's a good average,” said Karen Swenson, the Greater East Texas Community Action Program director. “And when you take that and multiply it by two, three, four children it gets real expensive, real quick."

“I never thought about it that way,” said Diana Cento, a Nacogdoches High School student.

Students' summer community project takes on an important significance. “Just reaching out to those people that i know are affected and help them out. Give them a hand."

The KSWP radio station had a drawing for Schlitterbahn tickets. The incentive was nice, but really not all that necessary.

“The fact they touched 10 schools and the Family Crisis Center, it's just a great way to be in all the communities and help the kids that need it before they go back to school,” said Michelle Ross the program director for KSWP/KAVX.

Volunteers will begin purchasing supplies in the coming days. One hundred percent of the donations will go toward the purchase of school supplies.

Donations are still being accepted. They can be mailed to Project S.O.S., P.O. Box 631938, Nacogdoches, TX, 75963.

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